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VERY cool photo... LIKE!

THX JeseLin! The poor thing looks like it could use a vaction.

Thanks OC, it was/is a lovely location... all i did was snap the shutter! ;) Your photos are very nice! Keep up the good works.

Thanks varkos! I took a ton of photos at this location, but this one captures the feeling of the place the best, IMHO.

Thanks varkos. It is a beautiful place. All I need to do was snap the picture... and be there on a rare windless day!

Very nice view and composition, like

Greetings from Sweden, Agneta


Neither my wife nor I are very much into backpacking, but we do like to get out and experience some geology. I’m more into photography and she’s interested in public transit so, while on a recent trip to the Canadian Rockies (my third and my wife’s first), we could not pass up a trip on the snowcoach, the bus that takes tourists out onto a safe bit of Athabasca Glacier, part of the larger Columbia Icefields. I was hugely impressed with the extent of the glacier’s retreat since my first visit in 1962, but there was still enough cracked, blue glacial ice to swallow up a puny human or two, which explains the fact that the Snowcoach only allows passengers to get out in a limited, marked off area. When we arrived at the safe spot and everyone was busy snapping pictures of each other I put my photographer’s eye to work looking for the best light. I found this lovely bit of otherwise undistinguished lateral moraine. The light couldn’t have been more dramatic as it highlighted the erosion on the loosely packed till. The surface of the glacier itself is seen at the bottom of the photo. Photo taken September 24, 2009 at about 3:30 in the afternoon.

Thx! Glad you like them.

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument was, rather unfortunately, named after an allegedly ne'er-do-well and mountain man who happened to be attacked by Indians and left naked in Oregon Territory in 1811 near what is now called the John Day River. Too bad he never visited Oregon long enough to notice the spectacular fossils and geological formations that grace the landscape. It was Thomas Condon who, in 1865, actually first recognized the importance of the area. Name aside, it remains one of the lesser known National Monuments. The photo above is just one small hill among the vast array of colorful and stunning geological formations covering some 22 square miles (57 km2), to say nothing of the abundance of fossils from the Cenozoic Era. Pictured is Cathedral Rock which stands 2,133 feet (650 m) above sea level. The rock consists of ancient pyroclastic flows and ash layers and is a result of a landslide from a nearby bluff. The blue and yellow colors are of the softer rock is due to celadonite and clinoptilolite. The rock is topped with harder, more erosion resistant, red Picture Gorge ignimbrite dated 28.7 million years ago.

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